• Performance Lecture

Soliloquio (I woke up and hit my head against the wall)

Showing on Jan 27-29

Playing at Roundhouse Performance Centre

Performer Tiziano Cruz, wearing white briefs and white sneakers, kneels on a small round platform. He pulls on a piece of rope and is wearing a large woolen piece on his head, obscuring the face.

Tiziano Cruz (Argentina)

Tiziano Cruz puts himself front and centre in this performative monologue, based on a series of letters he wrote to his mother in 2020. Cruz’s mother lives in northern Argentina, and he was unable to travel there from his home in Buenos Aires during the first pandemic lockdown. Reaching her across boundaries of geography and class, Cruz uses the letters as the starting point for a critique of economic, racial and institutional oppression.

As an Indigenous artist, Cruz speaks about the suffering his people have endured under a system of white supremacy, examining the role Buenos Aires plays in Argentina’s culture of inequality. Using the power of theatre and the precision of language, Cruz poses a difficult question: What does it mean for him to use his body for art in a country where bodies like his are not supposed to exist?

A coproduction between ULMUS Gestión Cultural, FIBA 2022 – Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Rojas – Secretaría de Relaciones Institucionales, Cultura y Comunicación de la UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Arte en Barrios – Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

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Artist Bio

Tiziano Cruz

Tiziano Cruz was born in Jujuy, Argentina. His interdisciplinary art uses the intervention of public space to subvert oppressive hierarchies. Cruz is the founder of the ULMUS Cultural Management Platform, which is dedicated to cultural exchange among South American communities. His works have toured Argentina, Brasil, México, Suiza and España.

Venue

Roundhouse Performance Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Showtimes

  • January 27 at 7:30
  • January 28 at 7:30
  • January 29 at 2:00

Runtime: 70 mins, no intermission

Post-show talkback: Jan 29

Content Advisory

Nudity, flashing lights

Tickets

Single Tickets: $34
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Access

In Spanish with English surtitles

Credits

General direction, playwright and performer Tiziano Cruz Proofreading Hugo Miranda Campos Sound composition, design, programming and production Luciano Giambastiani Video design Matías Gutiérrez Lighting design Matías Ramos Photography Mariano Barrientos Art direction Uriel Cistaro Artistic collaboration Rodrigo Herrera Production Luciana Iovane Executive Production Ulmus Gestión Cultural Art Direction and Costume Design Uriel Cistaro Costume Design Vega Cardozo Luisa Fernanda and Luciana Iovane International relations and management Cecilia Kuska (ROSA studio)

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